To address the current obstacles to Mexican women’s exercise of their rights, civil society organizations and activists have come together to create the Observatory on Gender and Covid-19. The Observatory will serve as a watchdog over the State while highlighting civil society’s contribution to a future where gender equality and justice are the new normal. The platform seeks to raise awareness on specific issues that, given the inequality that prevails in Mexico, affect various groups of … Continued
With the Covid-19 pandemic causing global supply chain disruption, many providers of safe abortion care are finding themselves needing to seek alternate solutions to procuring medical abortion commodities. It is vital that quality is not compromised during this crisis and that medical abortion is provided using quality drugs and accurate information. IPPF remains committed to ensuring access to information on the availability of quality medical abortion. Our Medical Abortion Commodities Database (www.MedAb.org) contains information on … Continued
Call to action from the Advocacy and Accountability Working Group, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, 24 June 2020. Reproductive health supplies and services must be included in Covid-19 emergency response interventions and policies; interruptions of supply chains must be solved; and a continued financial support to reproductive health supplies must be ensured.
Services for the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been severely disrupted in countries worldwide since the Covid-19 pandemic began. A World Health Organization survey completed by 159 countries during a three-week period in May 2020 and released on 1 June revealed that in 150 of the countries, health workers had been partially or fully reassigned to support Covid-19 responses. Services for hypertension care had been disrupted in 84 countries, while 78 countries reported disruptions in treatment of diabetes and diabetes-related complications. Sixty-six countries saw similar disruptions in cancer treatment and 49 countries in cardiovascular emergency services. Rehabilitation services were also disrupted in 99 of the countries that responded to the survey, even though rehabilitation is often needed after the acute phase of Covid-19.
It has been rightly noted that health workers globally must be able to speak out during Covid-19, allowing them to draw public attention to inadequate personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies and unsafe working conditions, while being protected from censorship, attack, government intimidation, harassment, and arrest. But such systemic failure to provide health workers with the resources they need represents only one of numerous situations in which clinicians may consider raising the alarm. Health service whistleblowing procedures that are secure and robust are of paramount importance to patient safety, and must be strengthened and protected during Covid-19.